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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 30 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Program Specialist III — Teens Coordinator, Vacavilleclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D1 T.O.T.A.L. Guard Training, May 31 — click here for flier.

Forum Highlight
Food Trucks... to eat, or not to eat?
The City of Santa Clara is looking to have food trucks at our upcoming 4th of July event, and we'd like to hear what other agencies do or have done.

- Does your department invite food trucks to participate in special events?
- During the year, how many events does your department organize that include food trucks?
- Do you charge the food trucks to attend?
  • If yes, do you charge a flat rate?
  • If yes, do you charge a percentage of gross sales?
  • If yes, do you charge a flat rate and a percentage of gross sales?
- How do you determine the amount a food truck is charged?
  • Event attendance
  • Length of time event spans (Number of days and hours)
  • Type and amount of advertising conducted by department
  • Multiple event agreements
  • Other
Click here to answer.

Member Highlight
Mission Viejo gets a new parks and recreation boss

Mark Nix, who has worked as Fountain Valley's Community Services manager for the past eight years, has been named Mission Viejo's new Recreation and Community Services director. Nix comes to the city with a wealth of experience in the recreation and community services field.
Click here to read more.

Hello from CPRS Executive Director Stephanie Stephens

I am taking this opportunity to say hello and let you know how excited I am to be serving as your new Executive Director at CPRS!

I have been welcomed with open arms here at CPRS Headquarters, have had an amazing 5 days of learning with Jane, and now it's time to meet you. Over the next number of months, I'll be out and about the state — be sure and let me know what you might have going on in your District, Region or Section that I could possibly attend. You also have a standing invitation to stop by the CPRS office any time you are in the Sacramento area, or of course, call or email me with any questions, ideas or concerns (even the occasional compliment) — I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you for all you do for your communities, for the residents of California and for CPRS! Keep up the amazing work!

Stephanie Stephens

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Share your expertise
The CPRS Conference & Expo "Call for Sessions" form is ready! The Conference Program Planning Committee's goal is to build a content-rich program by seeking best practices, strategies, partnerships and emerging issues from our membership and colleagues. We ask you to complete the "Call for Session" as the first step using the "call form" as a guide — our deadline is July 1. The annual conference will be March 10-13 in Sacramento. Click here to download the form.
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  Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible

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Ghost-hunting team to seek out paranormal in Exeter, New Hampshire
Seacoast Online
They claim they've heard footsteps when no one else was around and tapping on the pipes when the heat was off in the summer. Others believe they've heard strange voices and seen doors suddenly swing open when they were locked. Some town workers are convinced that spirits are lurking in New Hampshire's Exeter Parks and Recreation building, and now a team of paranormal investigators, a production crew and 15 local residents with little experience in ghost hunting are planning to take over the building for a pilot TV series to be called "Paranormal Reaction."
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Livermore Falls, Maine, RSU 73 negotiate terms for recreation program
Franklin Sun Journal
For the first time in 25 years, Livermore Falls, Maine, was asked to enter into a contract with RSU 73 to hold the six-week Livermore Falls summer recreation program at the former Livermore Falls High School. The proposed contract calls for a fee of $3,000 to use the building, but it is negotiable.
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Modesto retains consultant to help with parks department
The Modesto Bee
Modesto is bringing in management consultants to help run its Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department as the department staff deals with the impending departure of its acting manager and the need to complete several important projects. The city has retained the services of Municipal Resource Group. City officials said Modesto is paying MRG no more than $47,600 and expects to use its services into August.
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Save the Children seeks volunteers for Operation Recreation Response Corps
Join the inaugural ORR Volunteer Corps to serve disaster-stricken U.S. communities
Save the Children is seeking qualified and highly-motivated Parks and Recreation Professionals to launch the Operation Recreation Response Volunteer Corps and help keep children safe during U.S. emergencies. The effort kicks off the Operation Recreation Response initiative, an official partnership of Save the Children, the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation and GP RED. Conceived by New England recreation professionals, ORR is dedicated to helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

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Parks Make Life Better! highlight
California's Great America supports "July is Parks Make Life Better! Month" and CPRS
California's Great America is offering discounted tickets to CPRS members, park and recreation agencies and your communities to help celebrate July as "Parks Make Life Better!" Month. Additionally, a portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to CPRS! To download the California's Great America Coupon with the CPRS code click here or for instructions for ordering tickets click here.

On April 2, ACR 130, as introduced by California Assembly Member Rendon to declare July 2014 as "Parks Make Life Better!" Month. This measure declares the legislature's recognition of the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health and development of all Californians.

Be sure to pass a resolution in your city, county or special district to declare "July is Parks Make Life Better!" Month and help promote parks and recreation as an essential service in all California communities.

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Proper cleaning and maintenance for hardwood courts
A hardwood court is a big investment for any athletic facility. Like any big investment, organizations want to do whatever they can to take care of it. But when the people in charge of the court are unfamiliar with proper basic care, they tend to end up doing too much — or not enough. Read more.

Youth Sports Resource and Webinar
NAYS' Recommendations is a resource document that provides actionable steps to help recreation professionals mend a multitude of problems in youth sports — like over-aggressive parents, untrained league administrators and win-at-all-cost youth coaches. Recreation professionals from across the country collaborated to create these guidelines that any community could implement to establish a strong and positive youth sports culture.

On Tuesday, May 20 at 1-1:20 p.m. EST we will host a webinar, "All About the Recommendations for Communities." Those interested can register here.

Important links:
Executive Summary.
Full resource and the supplemental materials.

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Everything you've always wanted to know about America's city parks (The Huffington Post)
Parks offer benefits to the 109 (the109)
Test of time: Alameda's Jean Sweeney key example of Island involvement (San Jose Mercury News)
PlaySafe and live well! (The Play and Playground News Center)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Certified Playground Safety Inspectors — Training, Certification and Resources
Playground Safety Certification provides the authority to examine playgrounds for compliance with California regulations R-39-97. To become certified we recommend you take the certification course, then sit for the 100 question exam. Once certified with the National Recreation and Park Association, you will remain certified for three years. CPRS is the exclusive provider for playground safety certification courses throughout California.

June 18-20 - Livermore
Click here to download registration form.


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